Archive for June 11th, 2008

Noah’s Ark – Part 2 – A Bible Story Mural – Now Available!

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Last month, I mentioned that artist, Doug Westbrook, was very close to finishing up his Bible Story Mural, Noah’s Ark. This detailed mural is the largest and most often requested one currently in his collection and is provided in two wall sized panels.
Although he is still putting the finishing touches on part one of the mural, part two is now ready.
Here is Noah’s Ark, Part 2:

Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.
Genesis 8:19 (King James Version)

Noah's Ark - Part 2

“More Animals headed to the Ark! There are more than 60 animals in the two murals depicting Noah’s Ark. What a joy it is to see children choosing their favorite animals! Sunday School teachers at Central Baptist often bring the children to a mural as they teach that lesson.”
-Doug

See Mr. Westbrook’s Bible Story Murals here.
Bible Story Murals
If your church is looking for a unique way to bring the Word of God to it’s children and young people, take a look at Doug Westbrook’s Bible Story Murals. Each wall sized mural is based on the hand painted originals Mr. Westbrook created at Central Baptist Church in Houston, Texas and represents a different well known Bible story.
They are available on durable vinyl wallpaper for easy installation.

Pakistan to EU: Restrict Freedom of Expression, or Else

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

More proposed violence from the so-called “religion of peace” aka Islam, if they don’t get their way concerning restrictions on the freedom of expression that most democracies enjoy.
In other worlds, stop criticizing Islam, or we’ll kill you.
We’ve even gotten our own death threats for being critical of Islam.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will ask the European Union countries to amend laws regarding freedom of expression in order to prevent offensive incidents such as the printing of blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and the production of an anti-Islam film by a Dutch legislator, sources in the Interior Ministry told Daily Times on Saturday.

They said that a six-member high-level delegation comprising officials from the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Law would leave Islamabad on Sunday (today) for the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium and explain to the EU leadership the backlash against the blasphemous campaign in the name of freedom of expression.

The delegation, headed by an additional secretary of the Interior Ministry, will meet the leaders of the EU countries in a bid to convince them that the recent attack on the Danish Embassy in Pakistan could be a reaction against the blasphemous campaign, sources said.

They said that the delegation would also tell the EU that if such acts against Islam are not controlled, more attacks on the EU diplomatic missions abroad could not be ruled out.

Sources said that the delegation would also hold discussions on inter-religious harmony during its meetings with the EU leaders.

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Is Obama’s Candidacy Constitutional?

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Obama is not even elected yet and already he may be in trouble with the law.

Bloggers are raising questions about Illinois Sen. Barack Obama’s qualifications to be U.S. president, because of the secrecy over his birth certificate and the requirement presidents be “natural-born” U.S. citizens.

Jim Geraghty, reporting on the Campaign Spot, cited the “unlikely” but still circulating rumor that Obama was born not within the United States, but elsewhere, possibly Kenya.

Geraghty defined the concerns most clearly, stating: “If Obama were born outside the United States, one could argue that he would not meet the legal definition of natural-born citizen … because U.S. law at the time of his birth required his natural-born parent (his mother) to have resided in the United States for ’10 years, at least [f]ive of which had to be after the age of 16.'”

He then points out Ann Dunham, Obama’s mother, was 18 when Obama was born “so she wouldn’t have met the requirement of five years after the age of 16.”

Geraghty continues: ” (Interestingly, apparently there isn’t much paperwork on Obama’s parents’ marriage. ‘Obama: From Promise to Power,’ page. 27: ‘Obama later confessed that he never searched for the government documents on the marriage, although Madelyn (Obama’s maternal grandmother) insisted they were legally married.’ Also note that Obama’s father apparently was not legally divorced from his first wife back in Kenya at the time, a point of contention that ultimately led to their separation.)”

The reports released to date show Obama was born in Honolulu to Barack Hussein Obama Sr., of Nyangoma-Kogelo, Kenya, and Ann Dunham, of Wichita, Kan.

According to FindLaw.com, which is cited by Geraghty, the requirements that were in force from Dec. 24, 1952 to Nov. 13, 1986, encompassing the time of Obama’s birth, state, “If only one parent was a U.S. citizen at the time of your birth, that parent must have resided in the United States for at least 10 years, at least five of which had to be after the age of 16.”

Obama’s father, a student sent to the United States from Africa, lived several places in the United States while attending class. He then returned to his homeland. Obama’s mother later married another man and moved to Indonesia.

Geraghty said the Obama campaign could “debunk” the rumors about his birth simply by releasing a copy of his birth certificate, but the campaign has so far chosen not to do that.

“The campaign cited the birth certificate in their ‘Fact Check’ on William Ayers, so presumably, someone in the campaign has access to it,” he said.

Hawaii doesn’t make public information from birth certificates.

“If the concern of the Obama campaign is that the certificate includes his Social Security number or some other data that could be useful to identity thieves, that information could easily be blocked out and the rest released. (Although I wonder if identity thieves would find Obama a tougher than usual target, since using the name on purchases would almost inevitably bring closer scrutiny.),” Geraghty said.

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Palestinians Disgruntled Over Lack of “Choppings” and “Stonings”

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Ah yes, the so-called “religion of peace” aka Islam.

GAZA (Reuters) – Abu Hafss is not happy.

A year after Hamas Islamists seized control of the Gaza Strip, Abu Hafss is waiting impatiently to see a sword remove the hand of a thief or a woman stoned to death for adultery.

“Hamas does not implement the rule of God,” the Palestinian ally of al Qaeda said. “We have seen no one have his hand cut off for stealing. We have seen no one stoned as an adulterer.”

Yet for all Abu Hafss’ disappointment with the approach Hamas has adopted since it routed secular rivals in Gaza a year ago, some analysts believe smaller, more radical groups like Abu Hafss’ secretive Jaysh al-Ummah (Army of the Nation) have benefited from the Hamas takeover to expand their membership.

Despite an official Hamas policy of respecting the rights of Gaza’s small Christian minority, there has been an increase in attacks on Christians in the past year, apparently by Islamists not content with the extent of Hamas’s “Islamisation” of Gaza.

Among the outward signs of that have been a proliferation of beards on men and headscarves on some women, along with the virtual disappearance of alcohol and a ban on pornographic websites — though Hamas officials reject accusations that they are embarked on a program to impose Islamic law on daily life.

If Gazans are more observant of Islamic practice — and not all in the enclave agree that this so — that is the result of persuasion, Hamas says.

“It does not happen by force but through growing public awareness,” said spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri.

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Redefine Marriage … Get Sued

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

New York Governor David Paterson signed an executive order on May 14 decreeing that all state agencies and programs must recognize same-sex “marriages” that are legally performed in other jurisdictions, even though New York law makes no provision for such partnerships.

Austin R. Nimocks, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), says the governor has stepped far beyond the scope of his legitimate authority. “What the governor of New York did was completely illegal because he has no authority to unilaterally redefine marriage,” notes the attorney. “It’s a complete assault on the people of New York and the democratic process. Marriage is a public policy matter to be decided by the people, not by elite government officials issuing executive edicts,” Nimocks explains.

Paterson based his order on a lower-court decision in a case that is still under appeal and, therefore, is not binding on the state. ADF, on behalf of lawmakers and taxpayers in New York, has filed suit asking the court to block implementation of the policy. Nimocks says that Paterson, in pursuit of a radical political agenda, may not even realize the effect of his own order.

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Quoting Scripture Banned in Library Community Room

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Quoting from the Bible has been banned in a community room at the public library in Clermont County, Ohio, and now a couple who sought to use the facility for a financial planning seminar have brought a court case.

“What’s next? Will the library board attempt to keep patrons from checking out Bibles and reading them on government property?” asked Tim Chandler, a legal counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, which is working on the case involving George and Cathy Vandergriff.

The couple asked for permission to use a public facility at the library to hold a financial planning seminar with the Institute for Principled Policy.

Under the use policy for the facility, the meetings rooms there “are available to all community groups and non-profit organizations engaged in activities that further the Library’s mission to be responsive to community needs and to be an integral part of our community,” according to the lawsuit.

“When the Library’s meeting rooms are not being used for library-related programs, the rooms are available for non-profit use by community groups. The groups may use meeting rooms for private meetings or to present programs for the general public,” it continues.

However, when Cathy Vandergriff asked in person to use a meeting room for a financial planning meeting, the conversation with the library employee took an unwelcome turn.

“When Mrs. Vandergriff indicated that the seminar would be a free ministry to the general public, the employee asked if she would be quoting the Bible in the presentation. Mrs. Vandergriff answered that she would be using the Bible, and the employee informed her that the Library’s Policy would therefore not permit her to use the meeting room,” the ADF said.

When she followed up with a written request for the use of the facility, an employee again warned about the ban on quoting from the Bible, and the written rejection soon followed. It carried the hand-written notation: “Contact Mr. Vandergriff will be quoting bible versus [sic] explained our meeting room policy.”

The ADF’s complaint, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Ohio, requests a declaratory judgment, preliminary and permanent injunctions and damages and costs for the action.

“The … Clermont Public Library Board of Trustees … is prohibiting plaintiffs from engaging in expressive activities in a generally available public forum solely due to the religious viewpoint of those activities,” the ADF said.

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